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Commissioners candidates address issues at forum

August 17, 2006|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN - Twenty-three of the 24 candidates running for Washington County Commissioners on Wednesday explained their positions on a number of issues affecting the county, including growth, affordable housing and charter home rule, and how they would address those issues if elected.

At least 200 people attended the televised forum at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

The forums are being shown on Antietam Cable.

"The league always wants to educate voters," league member Evelyn Williams said. "That's our mission."

The League of Women Voters was one of four sponsors of the forums.

Williams said she hoped the forums will encourage county residents to vote in the coming elections.

Twelve Democrats and 12 Republicans are running for County Commissioners in the Sept. 12 primary election.

The top five vote-getters of each party in the primary will move on to the Nov. 7 general election.

In addition to the League of Women Voters, The Herald-Mail Co., Hagerstown Community College and Antietam Cable Television is sponsoring the forums.

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Another candidates' forum will be tonight at 7 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Candidates running for the Washington County Board of Education, sheriff, state's attorney and Maryland House of Delegates Subdistrict 2C will participate in tonight's forum.

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